Spring 2021 Magazine

Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd and wife launch Kingdom Home, donate $100,000

In the midst of his best season as a pro, Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd (career-high 29 starts, career-low 4.08 ERA in 2018) has also been working on launching a non-profit with his wife, Ashley. And with some support from his team and some teammates, Kingdom Home is set to have Kingdom impact.

The Tigers announced Tuesday during a press conference at Comerica Park that they’re proud to partner with the Boyds, who donated $100,000 to Kingdom Home.

Kingdom Home is located in Uganda and is a place for children who have been rescued from sex trafficking, gender based violence, forced child marriages and abandonment. Once safe in the home, their material, emotional, educational and spiritual needs are met, and they are raised up with the love of Jesus Christ.

“Our goal is to bring hope and healing through the love of Christ,” says the Kingdom Home website.

Matthew and Ashley plan to visit Uganda in November. On the trip they’ll look into more land for more homes and the possibility of a sustainable farm.

“Thinking of a child being taken away is horrifying, it’s unbelievable,” Matthew said in the press conference. “We want to let children have a childhood. We want to keep ’em safe and keep their purity, and let them be kids more than anything. Something has to be done. Hopefully, this will grow and inspire others to join in.”

“The whole mission can sound scary and daunting, and larger than one person,” Ashley said. “But these are real girls, with real hearts.”

There are currently 36 girls in the home, all of whom the Boyds consider family. “We have 37 children,” Matthew said. “Our American girl and 36 children in Uganda.”

Tigers teammates James McCann, Nick Castellanos and Shane Greene have also committed to support the organization financially. And locally, the Boyds will partner with Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit charity that helps care for homeless and high-risk girls and young women.

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